Arthritis is a common hand condition that can affect anyone. Learn about the different types of arthritis below.
- MP Joint Arthritis: This type of arthritis is a result of loss of cartilage at a joint, which can result from regular wear and tear, an injury or a medical condition. With MP Joint Arthritis, a common symptom is a shift in the fingers toward the pinky side. Other symptoms include pain, loss of motion, swelling and swollen-looking joints. Learn more.
- Osteoarthritis: This arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that also involves loss of cartilage at the joints. It may cause bony nodules at the middle joint of the finger or at the end of the finger, as well as swelling, aching and bumps. It may be more difficult to open a jar or turn a key. Learn more.
- Psoriatic Arthritis: Psoriasis is a skin disease in which patients have dry, red and scaly skin rashes on the body. Some patients may develop psoriatic arthritis as a result. Symptoms may include swollen fingers, fingernail deformities, deformity at the end of the finger, and skin rashes. Learn more.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: This condition is most common in the wrist and knuckles and typically occurs in both hands. Symptoms may include a soft lump on the back of the hand, a bent middle finger, firm nodules along the fingers or elbow, and the inability to straighten or bend a finger. You may feel numbness or tingling in your hand due to the swelling of the tendons. Learn more.
- Shoulder Arthritis: The likelihood of shoulder arthritis increases with age. It is most common in people over the age of 50; however, younger people can get it after suffering from a fracture or dislocation. The most common symptom of this condition is pain, which worsens with activity. Loss of motion is also a symptom of shoulder arthritis. Learn more.
- Thumb Arthritis: This type of arthritis comes with age. You may feel pain and weakness with pinching and grasping. Opening jars, turning doorknobs or keys, and writing are often painful activities. Learn more.
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This recent Facebook post from The Hand Society reminds us all that May is Arthritis Awareness Month! Visit www.handcare.org for more information about arthritis.